Crime Update Monay 19th June 2017 - Ascot

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This message is dated Monday 19th June 2017 for Ascot.




He and Lorraine Rellis, have specific responsibility for the elderly and anyone who is vulnerable, in our community.  Clive and Lorraine go out in the community visit Day Centres, libraries and any community venues and do Fraud Prevention talks.  This was a response from one of Clive’s talks:


Hi Jeff,


Two weeks ago, I gave a scam talk in Knowle Hill and this morning, received a call from someone who attended.  She told me about a telephone call she received morning before, but due to my warnings, she was not taken in.


She went out at 10 o clock.  When she got back at 2 p.m., there were 5 messages on her answerphone, all from the same number.


She called the number and the person who answered, said he worked for HMRC.  He told her, she had obtained £4,000 illegally from the tax office, between 1996 and 2006.  This was of course all nonsense and it was a SCAM call – she had not even been working in1996.  They had no actual knowledge about her.


They used the usual scare tactics :-


  • She must act quickly to avoid prosecution.
  • They had allegedly sent her 3 Recorded Delivery letters.
  • They even threatened that if she did not do it now, they would issue a warrant for her arrest by the police.
  • They even threatened that she may go to prison.
  • Any further police action would be dropped, if she paid the £4,000 NOW!!
  • She would be embarrassed in front of her friends and neighbours.


She felt pressured to respond and was really threatened by the conversation.


She thought from their accent, that the caller was either South African or American.  I have reassured her and given further words of advice, should she receive any more calls and to call me, if she feels it necessary.


She wanted me to pass this on, as she felt that elderly or vulnerable residents, could easily fall for the scam, as the pressure used by the scammers, was intense.  If they haven’t attended one of these SCAM / Fraud warning talks, they could easily fall for it.





Thanks Clive.


If you feel you would like Clive, Lorraine, Honor from Trading Standards, or myself, to come out and talk to your scheme, just email me at my police email below.  Andy Aldridge, one of the Senior RBWM Community Wardens comes into the police station every morning, to liaise with us all and attend briefings, so that we can work in effective partnership.  I can pass on any message for you.




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First from Karen;


Hi Jeffrey,

This email is a bit worrying.  Obviously a scam - I think!!!!! - the only thing that makes me think that, is the "confirm your account" link which Paypal don't do.  They just advise, logging into your account through the website as normal.


Anyway, the reason this NEARLY had me fooled, is that literally a few minutes before getting this email, I received a transfer from my son, into my real PayPal account and I went in to check if it had arrived and then transferred the funds out again, to my bank account.


My transactions were all fine, but it was a bit coincidental (and worrying) that this scam came through literally immediately, after I had done that...!!!


Is this a new thing that they can tell when we are using our accounts, to fool us?





The email itself, purported to be from PayPal, all correctly liveried up,  says that they had emailed a little while ago, to try and resolve an issue with your PayPal account, and that access is currently limited, as they had not heard back.  There had apparently been some ‘unusual log in activity.  Could she please click on the link to the ‘Dispute a Transaction’ team ! 




It all looks and sounds so reasonable !, But - the minute it says ‘Click on the Link to…………’  you know it is a SCAM !  If you needed to check and wanted to be sure, you would have to go into PayPal separately and check.

I have never heard of any way a scammer can know what you are doing.  These messages are not sent by people, but banks of computers, putting together random letters and numbers by the million, in the hope that they form a real and active email.  The computer has no way of knowing if you have a PayPal, or any other type of account – bank / building society.  The scammers just hope that if they send 10,000,000 emails, they may get a 1% hit rate !!!

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